This isn't a hate post as much as it is going to sound like one.
With that being said
I feel within ZK the rules on what is and isn't allowed and what is too far are often left up to moderator decisions and opinions, this leaves a lot of room for uncertainty and often anger towards the moderation.
Clear cut rules are essential for saving the moderators time and that of the player base.
Obviously there is a lot of controversy regarding me however i do believe a change to the rules would be beneficial for not just me but also any newer players and some older ones.
The nature of the game being so competitive means that players are often left heated or resentful of others, this often takes form in forum posts, zk discord and the in game chat itself, what is and isn't "being a dick" is a pretty vague description, now i get that the game has always been quite a tight knit community and so having this moderator discretion style of punishment and decisions has been useful and not necessary to be adapted, however this leaves a large grey area- this grey area in turn leads to both backlash towards mod decisions and confusion.
A clear cut set of rules on what is and isn't allowed would
Firstly- Decrease the amount of time mod actions require and therefore allowing the mods who volunteer to emjoy their days more
Secondly-Benefits the players who feel outraged or resentful about decisions, with clear rules being a guideline for them to follow rather then moderators beliefs or opinions being the guideline, this would in my belief result in less reports and less controversy
Thirdly- Without a clear set of rules and responses to actions, a shroud of ambiguity exists in moderation within ZK and so can often feel as though moderators personal dislikes and likes take precedent over the decisions made rather then rulesets themselves.
"Treat other members of the community with respect. Don't be a dick. "
This leaves a huge room for what is and isn't allowed
Depending on the moderators personal beliefs and definitions this could mean a lot
If i call someone a stinky lobster, it isn't respectful but to me it is clear it is just a simple joke.
However someone may take this to mean something completely different
Clear Cut Rules Do Not Leave Room For Vagueness or Personal Bias
I can show examples of this however my goal in the post wasn't to single anyone out or cause drama rather to try and improve the community we know and love.
Please if you want to comment try to keep it as civil as possible
However any feedback is appreciated whether it is in line with my view or against it